This is not the Person of Interest I started watching two years ago.
Why, God? WHY? Why Carter? Fusco, I could’ve taken Fusco. I might’ve even been able to deal with Reese, but CARTER? DETECTIVE JOCELYN CARTER?
It made sense for the show to kill off a major character. Here, EPs Jonathan Nolan Greg Plageman talk about how it’s important to keep an audience from falling into complacency over the longevity of their favorite characters. (Minor spoilers for next week’s episode). Team Machine plays a high stakes game week in and week out and it made sense for one of their number to fall sooner or later. But I must ask again: why did it have to be Carter?
The PoI PTBs did a fabulous job with the foreshadowing. Both Fusco and Reese’s demises were clearly telegraphed in this episode. We saw Fusco with his son (always a danger sign) and listened to Reese talk about how he wanted to kill himself and profess his feelings for Carter before making the big self-sacrifice play. All of the “Carter is going to die” red flags were there, but they were there last week. Taylor was brought back and Paul was introduced, as if prematurely reassuring us that Taylor will be okay because he has his dad. We saw her begin her career on the police force as an idealist and saw that idealism turn to a steely determination to help the world become the place she thought it should be.
We got some great moments of her this week. She talked about her near death experience in Iraq and her son’s birth. She floored Finch when she revealed she had figured out the Machine. And, of course, I finally got my big Reese and Carter moment. There were a few of them, actually. The worst one was, of course, her dying in his arms as he cradled her and kissed her forehead. Oh, it hurt so much. Her death was beautiful, though. They didn’t make it as huge of a moment as it could’ve been which felt more organic. It rather reminded me of the episode of Law & Order where Claire Kincaid died. There was no emotional welling up of music. It was stark. It was cold. It was bitter.
The episode also reminded me of [insert any Whedon show here]. A couple gets together only to have one member of that couple tragically die in the same freaking episode? I think Jonathan Nolan might owe Joss some royalties on this one.
I don’t have much to day about this episode that’s not Carter-centric. In light of her death, everything else just seems so insignificant. I really liked Fusco’s scenes. It’s nice to see Kevin Chapman again. He was amazing talking to his son through what he thought would be his death. I cried. I was totally convinced that a) he was going to die and b) they were going to kill his son, too. I can honestly say I’ve never been happier to see Shaw. She was used only minimally this week, which felt right. If she hadn’t been there at all it would’ve been strange, but I liked that the episode focused on our original core four more than on the newbies.
Root’s scenes, on the other hand, seemed weirdly intrusive. It made technical sense that Finch would go to her for help and I think they’re setting up something with Finch and guilt over what he could’ve done for a future arc, but it just didn’t seem to fit to me. Am I alone?
For the first time in a long time, HR felt like a real threat. Carter and Reese making their way through New York alone was legitimately scary. Dirty cops and criminals around every corner, literally. It does raise questions of how they were able to rebuild the organization so rapidly as most of their members are supposed to be in jail and a number got nabbed by the FBI last week.
Bits and Pieces:
How in the world did Person of Interest manage to keep this a secret?
I know HR’s evil and all, but you really have to admire the organization of their criminal network.
Simmons cracking the fortune cookies open was supposed to be threatening, but all I could think about was the crumbs he must have left on his hands and how he was going to brush them off without losing the menace factor.
Carter and Reese reciting their first lines to each other again broke my heart into a million pieces.
Reese: “We won’t be outmatched for long. Finch is sending the cavalry.”
How sweet is it that Reese thinks he, Carter, Shaw, and Fusco are evenly matched with every dirty cop in New York City?
Fusco: (to Shaw) “You know the dog’s the only one who likes you, right?”
Reese: “There was a time I thought about saying goodbye. Lost someone. Lost myself.”
Carter: “What happened? What stopped you?”
Reese: “Got in a fight with some punks on a subway. Cop detained me, brought me to you. You changed my mind, Joss. You changed me.”
Shaw: “I had to choose. I figured you’d want me to come here instead.”
HR Guy: “Who are you?”
Finch: “I’m the guy that’s going to catch you when you fall. (drops guy) Sorry, I’m not very good at this.”
Reese: “I’m out of bullets and out of time.”
Carter: “This used to be your city. Not anymore.”
Reese: “If my number was up, I’m just glad I was with you, the one I’d rather be with at the end.”
Carter: “John, don’t let this...”
four out of four shattered
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